John Wilkes Booth

1838 - 1865

John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. A member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, and a noted actor, Booth was also a Confederate sympathizer who, denouncing President Lincoln, lamented the recent abolition of slavery in the United States.Originally, Booth and his small group of conspirators had plotted to kidnap Lincoln, but they later agreed to murder him as well as Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward, likewise to aid the Confederate cause. Although its Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, had surrendered to the Union Army four days earlier, Booth believed that the Civil War remained unresolved because the Confederate army of General Joseph E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Wilkes Booth has received more than 5,960,456 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 3rd most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, John Wilkes Booth ranks 3 out of 182Before him are Jack the Ripper and Elizabeth Báthory. After him are Charles Manson, Gavrilo Princip, Osama bin Laden, Herostratus, Gilles de Rais, Ted Bundy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Andrei Chikatilo, and Ulrike Meinhof.

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Among people born in 1838, John Wilkes Booth ranks 1After him are Georges Bizet, Ernst Mach, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Max Bruch, Franz Brentano, Ernest Solvay, Jan Matejko, Luís I of Portugal, Léon Gambetta, Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, and Émile Loubet. Among people deceased in 1865, John Wilkes Booth ranks 2Before him is Abraham Lincoln. After him are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Leopold I of Belgium, Ignaz Semmelweis, Emil Lenz, William Rowan Hamilton, Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Johann Franz Encke, Robert FitzRoy, and Infante Francisco de Paula, Duke of Cádiz.

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Among people born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 38 out of 12,171Before him are Howard Hughes (1905), Martin Luther King Jr. (1929), Stanley Kubrick (1928), Al Pacino (1940), Marlon Brando (1924), and Janis Joplin (1943). After him are Wallis Simpson (1896), Morgan Freeman (1937), Stan Lee (1922), Andy Warhol (1928), Harry S. Truman (1884), and Jack London (1876).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 1After him are Charles Manson (1934), Ted Bundy (1946), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Jim Jones (1931), John Wayne Gacy (1942), George Stinney (1929), and H. H. Holmes (1861).